I never realized how much strife there is between the religious and the non-believers until I joined this site. Was anybody else as ignorant about this as I was?
I don't think there is much strife on this site between the religious and the non religious, because I think there are not huge numbers of religious people posting here, and those who are are not fundamentalist or evangelist types. That's my reading of it here. Out in the real world, well that's different. The struggle goes on. "Which side are you on..?" as the song goes. Well, I know for myself. A little bit of recurring "strife" here on this site, however, is between agnostics and atheists. I won't go into that, except to say it has really surprised me. It has been the biggest surprise here for me, and I hadn't noticed that in the so-called real world. And I am still thinking about why that is.
Oh yah. I have several friends, Christian, Evangelical, Conservative, Fundamentalist, and Jesuins (people who take Jesus seriously). But I've also noticed that there's a lot of conflict between atheists and agnostics, vegans and vegetarians, vegans and just about everyone else, team fans against other team fans, Firefox against Safari, Windows against Mac, Star Wars against Star Trek... Conflict is what we do. The trick is to realize that we're taking ourselves way too seriously.
i was unaware of it until I became a regular to the internet.
mostly because here in the UK, it's a bit of a non issue. Atheists, agnostics, secularists, etc, are extremely common. It seems that in the US, religious fundamentalists are everywhere, passing off their ignorance as if it were knowledge.
The notion that nearly half of the US population refutes evolution to some degree, seems bizarre to almost all other western countries.
Been a non believer for more than half a century I didn't know that there was a segment of the population in need of being at war with religion and the god concept... to me was a disappearing act never in need to be address again but here is a new battle every day.